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The Freeway Lady ("Old Woman of the Freeway")

Kent Twitchell's iconic mural "The Old Woman of the Freeway" (or "Freeway Lady") is coming to Valley College! Originally painted near the Hollywood Freeway, the mural was lost when it was painted over in 1986. After many years of trying to resurrect this iconic piece of Los Angeles public art, the LAVC Public Art Committee has selected the repainting of Twitchell's "Freeway Lady" to be its first project on the campus. The mural will find its new home on the side of the college's Student Services Center.

image of Kent Twitchell

Kent Twitchell

Twitchell's "Freeway Lady" will be located on the Valley College campus. It's proximity to the "Great Wall" mural in the Tujunga Wash, which is located on the eastern side of the campus, will make the Valley College—and the community of Valley Glen—a centerpiece of mural art in Los Angeles.
Freeway Lady

Freeway Lady 
by Kent Twitchell

 
About the Freeway Lady

Twitchell painted the "Freeway Lady" mural in 1974 to honor his grandmother who lived in Hollywood. The real afghan modeled in the painting was handmade by his grandmother. He choose character actress Lillian Bronson (1902-1995), who reminded Twitchell of his grandmother, to be his model.

It was a well-known piece of Los Angeles mural art stood on the exterior wall of the Angeles Prince Hotel, which is next to the Hollywood Freeway. It stood for 12 years until it was tragically painted over by a billboard company in 1986.

For years, Twitchell looked for alternate place to bring the "Freeway Lady" back to life. It was supposed to be painted on the side of the Valley Institute of Visual Art (VIVA) gallery. Unfortunately, plans fell through and the "Freeway Lady" began looking for a new home again.

 

Bringing the Freeway Lady to Valley College

In 2010, the LAVC Public Art Committee was looking for its first project to be commissioned on the college campus. The repainting of the "Freeway Lady" mural is the first public art project approved by the LAVC Public Art Committee.

Twitchell is bringing the "Freeway Lady" back to life again. A new front afghan was created by members of the Crochet Guild of Sacramento. The flying afghan streamer was created by Peggy Baxter of Long Beach. In addition, students from Valley College as well as members of the community are being permitted to assist the artist in the painting of a portion of the mural.

The arrival of the "Freeway Lady" at LAVC will be a rebirth of this iconic piece of Los Angeles public art. The mural's new home is on the northwest corner of the Student Services Center, and it can be seen easily traveling southbound along Fulton Avenue. It's proximity to the "Great Wall" mural in the Tujunga Wash, will draw people from around the city and the world to the Los Angeles community of Valley Glen. 

In addition, the college is currently filming a documentary on the arrival of the "Freeway Lady" at Valley College. The documentary is planned to be completed in late 2016.

 

Celebrating the Arrival of the Freeway Lady

Los Angeles Valley College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the "Freeway Lady" mural on April 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. outside the Student Services Center. Download a copy of the invitation.

Immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, there will be a special preview of the Freeway Lady documentary, which is currently still in production, in the Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room (SSC 245). 

For more information about the ribbon cutting event, contact Jennifer Borucki in the LAVC Public Relations Office at (818) 947-2433.

Closure of Math Science Westside Sidewalk Until May 29

LAVC staff, faculty, and students should be aware that starting on Tuesday, January 28, the sidewalk (that runs north and south) on the westside of the Math Science Building will be temporary closed. The sidewalk will reopen on Friday, May 29. The reason for this closure is due to demolition operations of condemned Bungalows on the Westside of the college campus.

Closure of Math Science Westside Sidewalk Until May 29

The sidewalk that runs north and south on the west side of the Math Science Building will be temporary closed from January 28-May 29.

The slidewalk is being closed due to the activities related to the demolition of the condemned Bungalows westside of the campus near the Math Science Building. Signage will be place to redirect ADA/pedestrian access around the closure.

This project is part of the Bungalow Demolition Project. Read the Bungalow Demolition Construction Notification #3 [PDF]. View photo of the impacted areas [JPG] and site map of the impacted area [PDF]. 

There will be construction equipment noise in the area. However, all noise-related work is restricted between the hours of 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information on the Bungalow Demolition project and this construction activity, please contact Keith Hoard of Build-LACCD at (818) 756-0954 or email Keith Hoard.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 1/24/2020 4:31:00 PM

Temporary Sidewalk Closures Near Music and Theater Arts

LAVC faculty, staff and students should be aware of sidewalk closures effecting Music Building & Theatre Arts from December 9, 2019-January 17, 2020. The closed sidewalks include south of the Music building east entrance, south of Music building between the Motion Picture Studio, east side of Motion Picture Studio, and east side of the Omega Data Center. Directional signage will be placed to route student traffic during this period.

Temporary Sidewalk Closures Near Music and Theater Arts

Starting December 9, 2019, there are sidewalk closures effecting Music & Theatre Arts buildings. Directional signage will be placed to route student traffic during this period.

This work is part of the Energy Infrastructure Improvements (EII) project. Read the EII Construction Notification #14 with diagram [PDF].

The sidewalk closures are located:

  • south of the Music building east entrance,
  • south of Music building between the Motion Picture Studio,
  • east side of Motion Picture Studio, and
  • east side of the Omega Data Center.

There will also be construction related equipment noise in the area. 

Work is expected to be completed by January 17, 2020.

For more information on the EII Project and this construction activity, please contact Michael Dobrotin of Build-LACCD at (714) 345-7655 or email Michael Dobrotin.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 12/9/2019 8:00:00 AM

Closure of Lot H, Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49 in Preparation for the Energy Infrastructure Improvement Project

LAVC faculty, staff and students should be aware that Lot H, the Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49 will be closed starting on December 6, 2018 and fencing is being installed as part of the Energy Infrastructure Improvements (EII) project. The EII project includes the demolition of Bungalows 45-47 and 50-52 in preparation for the construction of the Thermal Energy Storage Tank (TES), equipment upgrades in the Central Plant, and construction of underground piping for the north loop located at the north end of Monarch Square.

Closure of Lot H, Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49 in Preparation for the Energy Infrastructure Improvement Project

Starting on Thursday, December 6, mobilization will begin for the Energy Infrastructure Improvement (EII) project. The project includes the demolition of Bungalows 45-47 and 50-52 in preparation for the construction of the Thermal Energy Storage Tank (TES), equipment upgrades in the Central Plant, and construction of underground piping for the north loop located at the north end of Monarch Square.

Construction fencing will be erected around Lot H, the Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49. Pedestrian access into the campus will be available on the west side of Lot H as illustrated on this diagram [JPG].

In addition, Lot H will be used for contractor's offices, parking and lay down, and will be closed to campus parking during the duration of the project. 

For more information on the EII Project, please contact Michael Dobrotin of Build-LACCD at (714) 345-7655 or email Michael Dobrotin.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 12/3/2018 8:00:00 AM

Closure of Southern Portion of Bungalows in preparation for the Bungalow Removal Project

LAVC students, faculty and staff should be aware that the campus bungalows along Burbank Boulevard are permanently closed as of August 23, 2018. New fencing has been installed around groups of bungalows until they are demolished. There are designated pedestrian pathways through the area to allow for pedestrian access into the campus from Burbank Boulevard and from Parking Lot H.

Closure of Southern Portion of Bungalows in preparation for the Bungalow Removal Project

In preparation for an upcoming Bungalow Removal Project, most of the bungalows along Burbank Boulevard have been permanently closed. 

The new fencing has been installed around groups of bungalows until they are demolished. There are designated pedestrian pathways through the area to allow for pedestrian access into the campus from Burbank Boulevard and from Parking Lot H, as illustrated on the LAVC Campus Map.

In addition, College Sheriff personnel will continue to patrol the area. If you see any suspicious activity, please report it to the LAVC Sheriff's Office at (818) 947-2433. 

For more information regarding this project, contact Tom Lopez in Maintenance & Operations at (818) 947-2301.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 8/23/2018 8:00:00 AM

Installation of the Valley Academic and Cultural Center Construction Fencing, Permanent Closure of Parking Lot C & Restriping of Parking Lot B 

LAVC faculty, staff and students should be aware that activities related to the construction of the new Valley Academic and Cultural Center (VACC) begins on September 10, 2016. Parking Lot B will be restriped to delete parking stalls and create a east-west roadway in the lot, and new construction fencing for the VACC project will be installed, and Parking Lot C will permanently close.

Installation of the Valley Academic and Cultural Center Construction Fencing, Permanent Closure of Parking Lot C & Restriping of Parking Lot B 

Starting Saturday, September 10, activities related to the construction of the new Valley Academic and Cultural Center (VACC) will begin.

Parking Lot B will be restriped to delete parking stalls and create a east-west roadway in the lot. In addition, new construction fencing for the VACC project will be installed, and Parking Lot C will permanently close. In Parking lot B, a number of parking stalls will be removed, and a new vehicle access lane will be striped to create a new two-lane vehicle pathway north of a new temporary construction fence starting September 10.

Following that, new construction fencing will be installed that will permanently close Lot C, and the current pedestrian pathways between the Music Building and Campus Drive to Parking Lot B will not be accessible. New paths will be identified / added to facilitate pedestrian traffic around the construction site. Please refer to this map [JPG].

For more information on the VACC project and this construction activity, please contact Keith Hoard of Build-LACCD at (818) 756-0954 or email Keith Hoard.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 9/9/2016 8:00:00 AM